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Canadian TV Ratings: March 7-13, 2016

As a number of the country’s top shows disappeared from Numeris’ Top Programs chart for the week, we were left with a bunch of middling “hits” taking up the chart. Only two programs, The Big Bang Theory and Survivor, managed to attract over two million viewers.

Putting the missing hits aside, this is one of the weeks that you can really spot how dominant CTV is. The network held 13 out of the top 15 programs. Only Global’s Hawaii Five-O and Survivor managed to crack the top 15.

They’re both CBS imports as well. Actually, Global relies heavily on CBS. All but one of their programs that made the Top Programs chart for the week was a CBS program or a Canadian version of a CBS program. That lone non-CBS show was Shades of Blue from NBC. This week didn’t even have NCIS and its spinoffs, The Good Wife, Madam Secretary or Supergirl on the chart either.

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Global (screenshot via Global GO)

Global (screenshot via Global GO)

TORONTO, June 1, 2015 – Today, Shaw Media announced Global‘s action-packed 2015/2016 fall schedule. Strengthening its already rock solid schedule of powerful dramas, Global is set to debut 13 new super-charged series. One of the most anticipated new shows for fall, with an astounding 12 million trailer views on YouTube in just two weeks, Supergirl joins Global’s powerhouse fall lineup. From the DC Comics Universe, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist (Glee, Whiplash) as a coffee-fetching assistant whose life takes a dramatic turn when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be. Giving Global a super one-two punch is the highly anticipated superhuman adventure series Heroes: Reborn, based on the Emmy® Award winning original series Heroes from creator Tim Kring, featuring a fresh crop of inspiring heroes with extraordinary abilities.

Global continues to up the ante with high-profile new series Limitless and Minority Report. Limitless, based on the 2011 film starring Bradley Cooper – who reprises his role as a guest star in the pilot and serves as an Executive Producer – follows Brian Finch (Jake McDorman, American Sniper) as he discovers the brain-boosting power of mysterious drug NZT and is coerced by the FBI to use his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases. Minority Report, based on the successful Steven Spielberg film and starring one of Variety‘s 10 TV Actors to Watch Stark Sands, picks up 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. where a Precog and an idealistic detective work together clandestinely to stop the future he sees. Also new to the schedule is electrifying medical drama Heartbreaker, starring Melissa George (The Slap) as Dr. Alex Panttiere – an outspoken, world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon who pushes the boundaries of medical science to impressive new heights.

In an epic entrance to late night television and a weeknight game changer, Global brings critically acclaimed television host and comedian Stephen Colbert to Canadians with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The laughs continue with Golden Globe® and multiple Emmy® Award winner Jane Lynch (Glee) in Angel From Hell, a single camera comedy that follows Amy (Lynch), a colourful, brassy woman who insinuates herself into Allison’s (Maggie Lawson, Two and a Half Men) perfect life, claiming to be her guardian angel. Rounding out a knock-out comedic slate is the unabashed new comedy People Are Talking starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin and Bash, Saved By the Bell). People Are Talking follows two diverse couples who are neighbours and best friends, and nothing is off limits for this wildly outspoken foursome as they go through life side-by-side and analyze and obsess about everything. Continue reading


TORONTO, August 11, 2014 – This fall, Global delivers the wow factor with a powerhouse schedule of captivating new dramas, charming comedies, and long-awaited comebacks of returning favourites, drawing viewers in to sensational TV moments.

With a schedule packed with TV’s fiercest females, hottest men and thrilling event series, Global gears up for an unstoppable season. Ten o’clock is home to Global’s most buzzed about new dramas, including the heart-pounding new thriller Stalker, premiering on October 1, comic book adaptation Constantine beginning October 24, and the gripping CIA drama State of Affairs, debuting on November 17. Unapologetic political drama Madam Secretary joins critically acclaimed The Good Wife rounding out Global’s must-see Sunday night schedule. From dynamic characters to spine-tingling twists, Global also brings viewers the highly anticipated event of the season Gracepoint, premiering October 2. Continue reading


Global (screenshot via Global GO)

Global (screenshot via Global GO)

TORONTO, June 4, 2014 – Today, Shaw Media announced Global‘s epic 2014/2015 fall schedule.

Building on last year’s red-hot momentum with new series The BlacklistChicago PD and Sleepy Hollow, the network is adding eight new high-octane dramas to bolster its already sizzling lineup. Audiences will obsess over the new psychological thriller Stalker starring Maggie Q (Nikita)  and Golden Globe Award winner Dylan McDermott (The Practice). Also sure to build a massive following is the much-anticipated drama Madam Secretary, starring Téa Leoni (The Naked Truth) in a show-stopping performance as the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State. Coupled with the return of the hugely popular drama The Good Wife, now in simulcast, the network brings two hours of back-to-back sophisticated and gripping dramas to viewers. The drama continues when Global takes audiences on the mystery ride of the season with Gracepoint, the richly layered series starring David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)  and Nick Nolte (Warrior), as well as State of Affairswhich sees Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) in her highly anticipated return to TV as a CIA analyst who navigates political minefields in this high-octane thriller from writer/director Joe Carnahan (The Blacklist).

Based on the wildly popular comic book series Hellblazer from DC Comics, Constantine will join Global’s schedule this fall starring Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds)  and Lucy Griffiths (True Blood). Co-written by The Mentalist’s Daniel Cerone and The Dark Knight’s David Goyer, the series will adapt the comic about a man-turned-supernatural detective. And building on its massively successful NCIS franchise, the network will welcome a new crop of special agents with the addition of NCIS: New Orleans.

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Global (screenshot via Global GO)

Global (screenshot via Global GO)

TORONTO, May 30, 2014 – Just in time for Global TV’s hot summer hits, Shaw Media is pleased to announce that Global Go is now available to Bell Fibe TV and Bell Satellite TV customers, providing viewers with anytime, anywhere access to exclusive features on the Global Go app and web video player. Now with over nine million households on board, Global Go is available to 94 per cent of the Anglophone market in Canada.

Whether Canadians are relaxing dockside at their cottage or enjoying the sunshine in a city park, they will be keeping up with their favourite Global programs – anytime, anywhere. Once logged in with their service provider subscription credentials, users can choose to live stream their local Global station on the app or catch up on missed episodes and gain exclusive access to in-season libraries for key Global shows.

Along with the opportunity to catch up on the latest full season of many Global programs including The Good Wife, Survivor and NCIS, summer’s hottest programming will also be available on-the-go. From the continuation of last summer’s smash hit Under The Dome to season five of fan-favourite Rookie Blue to the highly anticipated sci-fi drama Extant starring Halle Berry, Global Go’s offering has something for everyone.

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W Movies and Sundance pull an OWN and seemingly ignore their license requirements, too

W Movies logo (via Wikimedia)

I recently wrote about OWN Canada and how it seemingly ignores the requirements of its license, and pretty much airs whatever it pleases. I’ve looked into some of Corus’ other channels and it seems like OWN Canada isn’t the only one bending the rules. Both W Movies and Sundance Channel have gone radically off course and seem not to be meeting their license requirements at all.

As you may know W Movies was originally known as SexTV, but what you may not know is what the CRTC says W Movies should air. I found this regarding W Movies in a 2011 CRTC document: The licensee shall provide a national English-language specialty Category B service devoted exclusively to programming related to love, romance, marriage, relationship-themed game shows, sexuality and gender issues, family planning, relationship breakdown and magazine-style programming featuring romantic vacation resorts. [Emphasis mine.] Continue reading